We began going towards Jerusalem, traveling along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, we saw a group of men at the outskirts. "10 of them," Andrew said. "Lepers," James noted. "Jews and Samaritans," Bartholomew said. "Must've been lonely. We tend to avoid each other." Peter remarked.
With Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary had seen what Jesus did. They believed in him as the Messiah and began following him. Later word got to us that some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. Through Nicodemus, one of the few that were favorable to Jesus in the high court, we learned what was said.
We followed them to the tomb. Jesus, once more deeply moved, asked to be taken to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
We arrived in Bethany, and Jesus asked a man that was passing by about Lazarus. “He’s been in the tomb for four days now,” Thomas looked around nervously. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. If Jesus were seen, word would get back to Jesus’ enemies that he was back.